Groups April 2016 Monthly Action: Free Phyoe Phyoe Aung in Burma
Phyoe Phyoe Aung is a young activist and Secretary General of the All Burma Federation Student Union (ABFSU) – one of the largest students unions in Burma. She has been in prison along with 50 other students and protesters since 10 March 2015 after being arrested during a student protest against the newly adopted National Education Law, which students say curtails academic freedom. Phyoe Phyoe was arrested purely for expressing her opinion; she is a prisoner of conscience.
We’re picking this case up again because, on April 1st, Htin Kyaw will take office as the first democratically elected president of Burma for more than 50 years. He is a member of the same party as Aung Sun Suu Kyi - The National League for Democracy. Their party has publicly stated that they want to release all political prisoners as soon as possible.
April 1st and the following weeks is an important opportunity to put pressure on the new government to deliver real human rights change and ensure that any prisoner release includes Phyoe Phyoe Aung and the other peaceful students. Activists and human rights defenders have a vital role to play in shaping Burma’s future at this critical juncture. They will be unable to do so if they are locked up, or at constant risk of arrest for expressing their views.